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Why are there so many varieties of honey?
Sunday, April 17th, 2016

Varities of Honey

In the United States alone, there are more than 300 varieties of honey. Clover, buckwheat, tupelo and basswood are among the most popular flavors, but there are countless more to choose from.

Why is there such a wide variety of flavors? The answer isn’t as simple as you think. The flavor of honey comes from where the bees gather nectar. Different flowers produce different nectar, resulting in honey with different tastes, aromas and experiences.

All honey starts off as nectar, which is gathered by honeybees and stored in a special stomach. After filling their stomach, bees return to the hive and exchange the nectar with hundreds of other bees, breaking down the nectar into fructose and glucose. From there, the bees deposit it into a comb, fan it until there is only about 17% moisture left, and seal it away with a wax cap for storage.

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National Popcorn Day is Sweet
Monday, January 19th, 2015

Popcorn is one of the nation’s most loved snacks, which is why we celebrate National Popcorn Day today!

Air-popped popcorn is naturally high in dietary fiber and antioxidants and low in calories. Add some delicious sweet, salty or savory toppings and you have a delicious snack that is indulgent and whole grain.

To celebrate National Popcorn Day, here are a few of our favorite Made with Honey favorites.

Smartfood’s Honey Cinnamon Pecan Granola Coated Popcorn is a crunchy, all-natural snack made with honey, cinnamon and brown sugar. The popcorn is coated with rolled oats and roasted pecans.

Lakota Honey Popcorn is a combination of sweet honey and traditional salt. The light and airy snack comes from a line of the first and only Native American owned and operated organization producing, processing, packaging and marketing popcorn celebrating its Native American heritage.

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Honey FAQ: Storing Honey
Monday, January 19th, 2015

One of the most frequent questions we get is about the storage of honey.

Most people know that honey is one of the few ingredients that will most likely never spoil. Why? Honey has a moisture content of about 17%, a low pH and antimicrobial properties. Regardless, it is still very important to store honey properly to maintain its integrity.

General Honey Storage Guidelines

  • Best stored in a sealed container at room temperature, between 64-75˚F (18-24˚C)
  • Cooler temperatures, between 35-60˚F, hasten honey’s natural crystallization process
  • Honey stored at temperatures above 85˚F for extended periods of time will darken in color and be subject to subtle flavor changes
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